This blog is an account of Jacob and Mike's (Skippy) cross-country trip to move Jacob from Chicago, IL to Irvine, CA. We decided we'd document the trip by making a blog post for every hundred miles we drove, in addition to anything else of interest. There is a map that I made with a thumb tack in each place where we wrote a blog post.

Friday, June 1, 2007

Dude, where's my windshield wiper?

6/1/07 11:18 AM CDT | N41°0'26" W100°23'19"

We've got some minor excitement to report this time. It's been raining off and on the whole trip, and of course this means my wipers --- which I had replaced at Jiffy-Lube the day before we left, two days ago --- have been getting a lot of use. Well, the last time some rain came through, Mike naturally turned on the wipers, and after they'd been going for a few minutes, the right blade flipped over and nearly fell off the car. Not good at all.

So we pulled over and fiddled with it, and not seeing any obviously missing pieces or broken bits, we put it back in its normal position and kept going. Pretty much immediately we saw that it was sliding out of its place again, so we decided to stop at the next gas station and try to fix it properly.

Well, as we were heading to the next gas station the car started thumping like we had a flat tire. We freaked out a little, but we decided to keep going since we were trying to get to a gas station anyway. This was the right decision, since as soon as we hit a section of smoother road the "flat" went away; probably just a really bumpy section of road that didn't look it.

Anyway, we got to the closest gas station, but there wasn't a mechanic there so we thought we'd try to figure out what was going wrong ourselves. We spent the next few minutes closely studying each wiper blade, figuring out how the fastening mechanisms worked and trying to decide whether the one on the loose blade was broken or not. We ended up concluding that it wasn't broken at all, the people at Jiffy-Lube just hadn't been put in properly the first time. So we snapped it in to place and headed off. It seems to have held up just fine since then, so maybe we were right.

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